Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Last Sponsor Giveaway of the Year!

Come Enter the BrewDeals/FastFerment Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Rookie mistake
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-19-2012, 08:39 PM   #1
summersolstice
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Central Nebraska, USA
Posts: 1,515
Liked 22 Times on 16 Posts

Default Rookie mistake

I wonder about the wisdom of admitting such a mistake in an open forum but I deserve the criticism. I made a batch of light Belgian golden ale last night and everything went smoothly. I quickly cooled down the wort and pitched it on top of a yeast cake from a Tripel I had just racked to the secondary.

I woke this morning expecting to hear the air lock bubbling away but was greeted with silence. I was using a new bucket and checked to see if the lid was tight and felt movement so I lifted the bucket (now empty) from the laundry room sink. WTF?? The spigot wasn't tight, but not so loose as to be obvious, and the entire 6 gallons dripped down the drain during the night.

I've been doing this for the better part of ten years and this is a first but I was surprisingly philosophical over the whole thing - what else can you do? It could have been worse and the bucket placed somewhere else besides the sink.

I made an order with Northern Brewer this morning and I'm making a new batch Friday night.

__________________
summersolstice is offline
2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-19-2012, 09:06 PM   #2
lowtones84
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Montclair, New Jersey
Posts: 1,155
Liked 82 Times on 69 Posts
Likes Given: 206

Default

Wow, way to look on the bright side. A vision such as this has always kept me from fermenting in a "bottling" bucket. I'm not going to lie, I probably would have cried a little...

Great way to make up for it though!

__________________
lowtones84 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-19-2012, 09:11 PM   #3
frazier
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: illinois
Posts: 1,759
Liked 105 Times on 93 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Quote:
I made an order with Northern Brewer this morning and I'm making a new batch Friday night.
Yikes!! I hope that order included a non-ported bucket or carboy.

I made a similar mistake once, only lost a quart though. But it was the last time I fermented in a bottling bucket.
__________________

~
"Anything worth doing, is worth doing slowly." ~~ Mae West

frazier is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-19-2012, 09:13 PM   #4
ktblunden
Senior Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
 
ktblunden's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Lancaster, CA
Posts: 1,816
Liked 284 Times on 172 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default

Wow, it's a really good thing it was over the sink. Would have really sucked if there was a giant mess to clean up as well.

__________________
ktblunden is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-20-2012, 10:20 PM   #5
GarageDweller
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 552
Liked 96 Times on 70 Posts
Likes Given: 269

Default

Great outlook and way to move forward. R.I.P. to the wort that never was (beer)

__________________

SMALL AXE BREWING
"If you are a big tree, we are a small axe, ready to cut you down."-Bob Marley

GarageDweller is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-20-2012, 10:45 PM   #6
shelly_belly
Locomotive Breath
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
shelly_belly's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Rabbittown, Bama
Posts: 1,486
Liked 120 Times on 95 Posts
Likes Given: 19

Default

Sorry for your loss. You should be good to go for another 10 years!

__________________
shelly_belly is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-20-2012, 10:50 PM   #7
kh54s10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Tiverton, Rhode Island
Posts: 7,041
Liked 657 Times on 557 Posts
Likes Given: 170

Default

Wow! No ported fermenters for me unless it is a SS conical - far in the future.

I would have had a much more painful experience. I would probably have had a visit to the ER for a broken foot after I kicked something!

__________________
kh54s10 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-20-2012, 11:00 PM   #8
ArcticBear
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Branford, CT
Posts: 658
Liked 46 Times on 38 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Im trying to look on the brighter side here by thinking that you were fortunate enough that it happened to be in a sink and went down the drain instead of waking up to 6 gallons of a sticky floor mess. Sucks about the beer but it can be remade

__________________
ArcticBear is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-21-2012, 12:32 AM   #9
SSLocal
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Woodland Hills, Ca
Posts: 39
Likes Given: 1

Default

oh man. Having just done my first couple batches racked on top of an existing yeast cake, I am griveing your loss of a good, active yeast cake! HOnestly, you're looking at it the right way. You now have another reason to brew this Friday night...and the room to store it. Better luck next time!

__________________
SSLocal is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-21-2012, 12:44 AM   #10
alane1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: South East Massachusetts
Posts: 677
Liked 166 Times on 125 Posts
Likes Given: 129

Default

I'm sure it's a mistake you'll only make once.

__________________
alane1 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rookie Mistake panfishrfun General Techniques 4 03-07-2011 04:57 PM
Oaking- a mistake? jeburgdo General Techniques 11 02-21-2011 12:33 AM
Rookie lager question dvanecek General Techniques 3 12-03-2008 02:20 AM
rookie question Wild Duk General Techniques 5 06-01-2008 05:38 AM
Mistake Big Erik General Techniques 6 02-02-2005 01:59 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS